Arts & Culture
By Will Weatherly on August 1, 2018
A new piece of public art on the side of Empire Loan, at the corner of Broad and Somerset streets in Providence, is a bit of an optical illusion. Incorporating sculptural elements on a chain-link fence, spray-painted designs on the asphalt, and a mural on the building’s side, the piece comes together only when one […]
Posted in Arts & Culture, Education, Featured, News, Providence, Youth | Tagged Albert Torres, Anna Snyder, art, Dr. Jorge Alvarez High School, Empire Loan, Fanta Traore, Gustavo Lacen Javier, jorge elorza, Marta Martinez, Mary Kay Harris, Olga Francisco, Oscarina Pepen, public art, RI Latino Arts, Sita Traore, South Side, Southside Cultural Center, The Steel Yard, Trinity Square, Yorelis Matos Maldonado | 3 Responses
By Bob Plain on March 18, 2018
I don’t put much faith in Punxsutawney Phil and I don’t live so close to the land that the actual weather makes much practical difference to my life. For me, winter officially ends in the Ocean State when URI plays their last basketball game of the season. There’s still snow on the ground but, as […]
By Steve Ahlquist on October 19, 2017
Nancy MacLean was in Providence Tuesday to talk about her book Democracy in Chains, about little known economist James Buchanan, whose ideas shaped the Koch Brothers’ bid to permanently disable the democratic process in favor of unrestrained free-market capitalism.
Posted in Books, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Featured, Photos, Race & Racism, Video | Tagged Bell Street Church, Brown University, Brown v the Board of Education, Democracy in Chains, James Buchanan, John Calhoun, Justice Gaines, Koch Brothers, Nancy MacLean, RI Jobs with Justice, Selene Means | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 8, 2017
Rhode Island Muslims and recent refugees came gathered in Cathedral Square in Providence to feed the homeless.
Posted in Activism, Arts & Culture, Featured, Homelessness, Immigration, Music, Photos, Providence, Religion, Rhode Island, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged AHOPE, Americans Helping Others Prosper, Cathedral Square, Christina Roberts, islam, MAE organization for the Homeless, nderloin Opera Company, Sterk Zaza, Umer Akbar | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 29, 2017
Maybe Shane was right. Maybe this protest wasn’t about racism and Trump. Maybe this protest was all about love and respect. But it was also about anger. And burning stuff.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Events, Featured, Massachusetts, National News, Photos, Race & Racism, Sports, Video | Tagged colin kaepernick, Mark T Shane, National Anthem, National Football League, New England Patriots, NFL, pledge of allegiance, Swansea Massachusetts, Tom Brady | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 18, 2017
“Every time I drove up this hill and saw that big gray wall I said, ‘This wall needs something. It needs a mural,'” said Hannah Resseger, “I wanted it to be something about the history.”
Posted in Arts & Culture, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Featured, History, Immigration, Installations, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video, Women | Tagged aaron regunberg, B Mor Seven, Billy Taylor Park, Blake Filippi, Brown University, Carl's Diggins House of Jazz & Soul, Celebrity Club, Dannie Ritchie, Danny Lopes, Elisa Perez, Gina Rodriguez, Hannah Resseger, Hard Scrabble Riot, Harold Metts, Jalia Godette, Mt Hope Learning Center, Mt Hope Neighborhood, Nirva LaFortune, Paul Filippi, Providence Department of Arts Culture and Tourism, Providence Police Department, Raffini, Snow Town Riot, Sylvia Ann Soares, Tiana Northup | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 12, 2017
The art consists of five portraits that have been six months in preparation and almost two weeks in execution.
By Jordan Seaberry on August 31, 2017
That Rhode Island’s 95.5 WBRU has, for around 50 years, served as Rhode Island’s alternative radio station and our state’s lifeline to the national music scene is only half of its significance. WBRU is also one of the community’s most direct communicative links into the Adult Correctional Institution. Listen to WBRU on Sundays and you’ll […]
By Steve Ahlquist on August 24, 2017
“I’d rather have you guys always loving and enjoying Dusk,” wrote Dusk’s owner Rick Sunderland As a result of my introspection. I am not gonna allow the show to take place. Respect to all everyone.”
By Steve Ahlquist on August 1, 2017
Officers of the East Providence PD arrived and told the protesters that they were prohibited from protesting on the side of the state highway or on private Cumulus Radio property, to which one of the protesters replied, “That’s racism!”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, East Providence, Featured, Media, News, Photos, Race & Racism, Radio, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged 630WPRO, black lives matter, Cumulus Radio, East Providence Police Department, Gail Crompton McHugh, Gary Dantzler, Joseph Buchanan, matt allen, Matt Allen Show, True | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 26, 2017
Though my pictures and video can provide a glimpse of the beauty and culture on display, I can’t give you a taste of the amazing food.
Posted in Arts & Culture, Civil Rights, Featured, History, Holidays, International News, People, Photos, Providence, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged Christopher Johnson, Higher Ground International, Liberia, Liberian Independence Day | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 5, 2017
A couple dozen climate activists took to the streets of Providence during PVDFest Saturday afternoon carrying a “portable floodline” to demonstrated what 11 feet of sea level rise might look like in our city by 2100.
Posted in Activism, Arts & Culture, Climate, Energy, Featured, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Burnside Park, Clamte Action RI, Climate Anxiety Counseling Booth, donald trump, Jen Long, Kate Schapira, Paris Accord, portable floodline, PVDFest, Resist Hate RI | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 5, 2017
“When you see me, I reflect my best parts, because I am you, we are one heart.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, Justice, Photos, Poetry, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Unemployment, Video, Women | Tagged #PVDPublicCanvas, Bandaloop, Christopher Johnson, Community Safety Act, CSA, PVDFest, Roger Williams, Women's March | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 31, 2017
Though lacking in sci-fi pretense and cutting edge special effect visuals, there’s evidence that US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse had an idea planted in his head some weeks ago, an idea with important healthcare policy implications.
Posted in Congress, Featured, Health Care, Movies, National News, State House, Video | Tagged aca, Affordable Care Act, Dominick Ruggerio, Inception, James Cowan, Joshua Miller, Medicare, public option, Rhode Island State House, Senate Committee on Health & Human Services, Senate Democratic Policy Caucus, Sheldon Whitehouse, single payer | Leave a response
By Troy West on May 28, 2017
At this time
In our history
The voice of the artist
Must be heard
By Peter Nightingale on May 22, 2017
Stacy Smith is one of the 235 artists exhibiting work at the Rhode Island School of Design Graduate Thesis Exhibition at the Convention Center in Providence starting this week. There’s an opening reception on Wednesday, from 6 to 8pm, and the show is open daily from 10:30am to 6pm until June 4. Smith’s project, which […]
By Bob Plain on March 30, 2017
No sooner did I post a piece on a political art show in Narragansett, than I got a press release about a similarly-themed exhibit in Tiverton. Protest art isn’t just a Providence thing anymore. Fans of this genre can traverse across exurban Rhode Island this weekend and hit up both openings. The “Nothing To See […]
By Bob Plain on March 28, 2017
“Fear of the clear blue sky,” explained artist Scott Moran. “It’s supposed to instill some fear of your world.”
By Bob Plain on March 20, 2017
It’s a shame Garrard Conley couldn’t be in Rhode Island last month when a bill banning conversion therapy was being discussed at the State House. As the author of a highly-acclaimed memoir of his struggles with sexuality, religion, and family told through his personal experience with conversion therapy, he certainly would have lent an interesting […]
By Steve Ahlquist on March 9, 2017
The Spider’s Stratagem evokes a dreamy haze as its narrative weaves in and out of an elliptical structure, attempting to uncover the truth about one village’s most celebrated anti-fascist hero years after the war.